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Hitomi Shimatani – Shiawase Hakoberu You ni March 7, 2012

Filed under: Hitomi Shimatani — solarblade @ 5:28 pm

Track Listing

  1. Shiawase Hakoberu You ni (Gasshou ver.)
  2. Shiawase Hakoberu You ni (Piano Gakushou ver.)
  3. Shiawase Hakoberu You ni (Karaoke)

1. Shiawase Hakoberu You ni (Gasshou ver.)

Well, the main version of Shiawase Hakoberu You ni is pretty simple with just piano as the only instrument playing while Hitomi is singing along it.  As it is tagged as such a children’s choir is also singing along and are singing at an equal volume to Hitomi’s simple vocals.  The melody is pleasant and the piano arrangement is sweet as well.  It’s not as boring as I thought and has a bit better of a meaning that a lot of charity songs out there XD. 

2. Shiawase Hakoberu You ni (Piano Gakushou ver.)

The other version of the song is essentially the song without the kids choir.  Just piano and Hitomi singing.  I think I like this version better because we get to hear her vocals a LOT more clearly and since she has the great vocals to pull off ballads like this, it ends up making the song a bit more prettier in that aspect.  Though after a while it does seem a little empty without the kids so it’s both good and kind of meh at points for me.

 

 

The first thing I noticed was that this single was a charity single which made me think *why would you wait THIS LONG to release this…it’s a bit late*.  After that went away and I took a listen to the song, Shiawase Hakoberu You ni isn’t bad persay but it sure doesn’t help the fact that if this is considered as a single for a potential album alongside “Mayonaka no Guitar” and “Kantan ni Ietanara” then this wasn’t anything special.  Besides the kids in the Gasshou ver. it’s kind of plain but the vocals were still great from Hitomi.  Overall, it’s alright as a charity single but in Hitomi’s discography not very good.

 

PASSPO☆ – Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru

Filed under: PASSPO☆ — solarblade @ 5:25 am

Track Listing

  1. Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru
  2. With XXXX
  3. RUIN
  4. Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru (Off Vocal ver.)

1. Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru

I really think the group is starting to get a little stale with their music even though this is their first A-side since “CHECK-IN”.  What I mean is that the song doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the table since the use of guitars were used all over on that album.  The good thing though is that melody and arrangement has a bit more effort going along so it stands out just a smidge more than their album songs.  I still don’t think it’s amazing stuff but I guess it’s a fair way to begin an era.

2. With XXXX

At least they tried for something different with the first B-side here.  I love that I hear a bit more synths in the arrangement mixed with natural instruments like acoustic and electric guitar.  It’s still a little underwhelming for me but at least it doesn’t feel like a “CHECK-IN” throwaway.

3. RUIN

The other B-side seems to be the heaviest the group has to offer here and that’s good because I liked their songs that sounds like “Street Fighter” essentially.  There seem to be some great deep singers in the group because they took the lead here.  It’s pretty aggressive I can’t lie about that and they sound great…definitely the single’s best track.

 

 

Beginning their third era (second major), Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru overall felt like it was “CHECK-IN” leftovers but oddly enough slightly better than said album’s songs.  RUIN is definitely the best of the three but both the leading song and With XXXX could be enjoyable in the right mood and all that.  Not bad, but could be better basically.

 

IMALU – 4751 Nichi Mou Inai Kimi e

Filed under: IMALU — solarblade @ 4:59 am

Track Listing

  1. 4751 Nichi Mou Inai Kimi e
  2. Can’t find
  3. 4751 Nichi Mou Inai Kimi e (Inst.)

1. 4751 Nichi Mou Inai Kimi e

Damn, I was hoping that IMALU would not make her 4th A-side be a ballad of sorts since it doesn’t really work for her voice IMO.  It isn’t too bad during the verses because she’s singing quietly with the arrangement but it grows on you but she starts to yell for the chorus and it’s just a bit of a turn off for me.  She had control though which is making this stand out a little more than “Sonna Namae Hoshikun’ai yo”.  Still it’s a step down from “Uh Uh”.

2. Can’t find

Her B-sides though seem to be her stronger points of her music and Can’t find shows that it’s A>B-side which is kind of sucky.  While it’s nothing I’d write home about with the song as it’s just a little tame for her.  There’s seems to be a lack of eneegy here and it makes the song sound like it’s played on a flat line and just doesn’t excite me.  At least IMALU sounds good vocally and stronger than the A-side. 

 

 

Why did it take so obscenely long for IMALU to release her 4th single?  I will say that due to the long time period between this and “Uh Uh” it does seem she’s a little more comfortable as a musician seeing as her voice has gotten better.  However, neither song really took anything by the horns and made is as great as her last single sadly.  At least 4751 Nichi Mou Inai Kimi e is a better ballad.  I hope the album won’t take as long as this single’s release.

 

capsule – STEREO WORXXX

Filed under: capsule — solarblade @ 1:03 am

Track Listing

  1. Feelin’ Alright
  2. Never Let Me Go
  3. In The Rain
  4. Dee J
  5. Step on The Floor
  6. Tapping Beats
  7. All The Way
  8. Motor Force
  9. Transparent

CD 2

  1. Feelin’ Alright (Extended-Mix)
  2. Never Let Me Go (Extended-Mix)
  3. In The Rain (Extended-Mix)
  4. Dee J (Extended-Mix)
  5. All The Way (Extended-Mix)
  6. Transparent (Extended-Mix)

1. Feelin’ Alright

Things already start off on a pretty good note with the album’s first song Feelin’ Alright which has a pretty gritty sound to it mixed with something that I felt could’ve been from “Sugarless GiRL”.  Some of the guitar-licks remind me of “Spider” which is also quite awesome.  Very dark and definitely true to Nakata’s sound.  It’s funny though that Toshiko really doesn’t do much besides sing the title so she doesn’t have a lot of presence.  This is pretty much an awesome first track!

2. Never Let Me Go

I’m surprised we’d get into Never Let Me Go which is pretty club-like for Nakata to pull but it’s nice and the beat and melody is kind of catchy, though repetitive at times.  Just like the previous song though, Toshiko’s is one again relegated to repeat the title over and over which is a bust for me.  I’m not sure but I’m not remembering this song very well…

3. In The Rain

At first a bit of the song reminded me of “Adventure” but that’s good since I do like solid beats in my songs.  After the arrangement plays for a while it’s replaced by a synth melody and I was just entranced by it.  The intro does take a bit too long to get to Toshiko’s singing parts IMO.  However, when she does come in and start singing, it really turns the song into a really calm and pretty track.  If it took our the long start-up, I think it would be an epic song here.

4. Dee J

Hey beeping of next song, why must you ache my ears as much as you did!  Yeah, the beeping that starts the song is going to irksome to a few people especially to the people wearing headphones because this sound goes through for a while before stock vocals come in and say the title.  I like that it does have a certain “WORLD OF FANTASY” kind of groove with the tribal drum and chanting in the background but I’m so distracted with the high-pitched synth beeps that it’s hard to have focus towards the song.  Probably my least favorite of the songs.

5. Step on The Floor

After escaping that mess, it’s nice to get back to more of Nakata’s Toshiko-fronted songs because there really hasn’t been a lot of that on this album so far.  I usually notice that Toshiko as the soft-spoken and once again she pulls the song off quite nicely despite covered in vocoder.  I thought they chose a good song to promote digitally and does stand out on the album.  I almost get some Perfume vibes later on as well…it’s pretty cool!

6. Tapping Beats

I’m surprised Tapping Beats is the album’s shortest song at a little over 3 minutes.  It’s also a surprise that Toshiko is found here and to be honest I’m loving the beat of the song and the darker vibes with the arrangement moving the way it is.  As short as it is, it really lodged itself in my mind and I thought it was badass and cool as it should be.  Great song!!!

7. All The Way

Another song that took a page out of “WORLD OF FANTASY”, All The Way starts with a tribal drum beat before switching into electronic beats and Toshiko singing in a legato kind of way.  It’s an interesting song that’s for sure and the arrangement is pretty busy.  It’s repetitive nature does bother me a little bit but the music-only parts are pretty cool especially when cowbell is heard XD. 

8. Motor Force

This is definitely a song that will encapsulate a lot of previous capsule albums into one because it sounds like an overall feel when it’s put up to the sounds of “MORE!MORE!MORE”, “PLAYER”, and “WORLD OF FANTASY” it just reminds me of those three in such a big way.  Unfortunately there is no Toshiko to be found so it’s entirely a Nakata solo in that regard.  There’s not a lot of lyrics either except a stock vocal going ~1, 2, 3, 4~ in the later half of the song.  I still like the track because of its aggressive nature overall and it sounds awesome to rave to!

9. Transparent

The final song on the album is kind of different in a good way though since it has this “Lounge Designers Killer” feel in the intro and then once Toshiko starts to sing it kind of reminds then of like “FLASH BACK” stuff but a little bit of Perfume like “Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow” time-frame.  It’s a really different kind of capsule sound and I’m liking this light yet electro-ish feel.  It’s a solid way to finish the album up!

Tracks Recommended

  • Tapping Beats
  • Transparent
  • Feelin’ Alright
  • Motor Force
  • In The Rain

Song of Avoidance

  • Dee J

While I will say I did enjoy the album, STEREO WORXXX doesn’t surpass their last couple of albums.  I didn’t feel like most of the songs stuck to me like a lot of stuff from their last 5 albums have which is definitely not a good thing.  I don’t think the second disc is really worth it to be honest since I’m sure it would make things a little more repetitive and just not help the situation this album has.  I will say the first three tracks are the only tracks that’ll get a lot of listens but the rest is just meh….